Metro bosses have awarded a multi-million pound contract for renovations work on the system.
Milton Keynes-based TXM Rail has won a tender to deliver a four-year programme of work as part of Metro’s £389million modernisation programme to replace tracks and other rail infrastructure, and modernise trains and stations.
The Tyne and Wear Metro, which has 60 stations spread across the heart of Tyne and Wear, is the busiest light rail system outside of London with 40 million passengers a year.
“This tender win for TXM Rail on the Nexus project is a result of a successful first year for the division,” said Mark Wood, Rail Services Director at TXM Rail.
“We have worked extremely hard throughout the whole process providing both innovative materials and creative solutions for the project, making this win something we are extremely proud of.”
TXM Rail will start work immediately and will be establishing a dedicated depot in Newcastle.
“As a team we did a lot of research and analysis of the requirements so we were able to provide what we felt was needed to deliver the project,” said Mark Wood. “The magnitude and scope of the work required meant that we could approach this in a collaborative way with support from the whole business, calling upon our team of expert staff and professional capabilities.”
Nexus director of Rail and Infrastructure Raymond Johnstone said: “I’m delighted that we are going to be working with TXM, delivering some major capital projects on the Tyne and Wear Metro system, which will help to secure its long term future.
“We are now half way through our £ modernisation propgramme. More than £200million has been invested in Metro since 2010, but more major schemes lie ahead to replace key infrastructure including tracks, bridges, embankments and overhead lines.
“There are more major works in the pipeline as we press ahead with the investment programme, having hit all of our spending targets. TXM will be playing a critical role in some really big ticket capital schemes over the next four years.”